Debates in parliament for the progress report without the opposition, EC suggests that there’s no time

Debates in parliament for the progress report without the opposition, EC suggests that there’s no time

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, October 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Debate has started in the parliament of FYROM for the assessment of the progress report of the European Commission. EU ambassador, Aivo Orav is the main protagonist present in these parliamentary debates, where the report was initially sent for debate in the parliamentary committee for foreign policies and European integration.

Present in this debate is only the majority, while the Macedonian opposition continues its boycott and it continues not to recognize the current majority comprised of VMRO-DPMNE and BDI (Democratic Union for Integration).

EU ambassador to Skopje, Aivo Orav said that there’s not much time for the country to improve in the domains where it was criticized.

“There were different interpretations of the recommendation in the recent days. I would like to reread our recommendation: “Considering the progress that the country has achieved, the Commission believes that political criteria have not been sufficiently fulfilled. The commission expresses its regret for the steps backward made last year”. You have no time! I believe that all the criticism must be urgently addressed”, declared ambassador Orav.

He also called on the reestablishment of political dialogue and the return of the opposition in parliament.

The Euro integration deputy prime minister, Fatmir Besimi underlined that the criticism launched by Brussels must be interpreted as encouragement and faith that the EU has on FYROM.

“This time we must admit that we’re not a good example in the region. The criticism  shows us that we can do better. I believe that this is the approach of the European Commission this time, believing that Macedonia can do better”, said deputy prime minister Fatmir Besimi.

Nevertheless, VMRO-DPMNE lawmakers immediately changed the roles in the parliamentary committee by criticizing and not receiving critics.

Antonio Miloshvski, VMRO-DPMNE lawmaker and former foreign minister underlined that the report is “a paradox” while the EU has made an unfair assessment.

For Ilija Dimovski, everyone else but the government is to be blamed for the negative report, starting from the opposition to the European Union.

“Sometimes we feel discriminated because Macedonia holds on its shoulder criteria which no other EU member has had to meet and we believe that the EU has the same responsibility as Macedonia to find a way out”, said Ilija Dimovski, VMRO-DPMNE.

Lawmakers from the Albanian party of PDSH, which is boycotting parliament was not present in these debates, although it has warned that it will soon come back.

In the progress report on FYROM, Brussels has expressed serious concerns about the political situation in the country, adding that this country didn’t show progress in meeting the main reforms in the European agenda. /ibna/